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Direct sales aren’t total value of ag, oil and gas

Though the direct sales of the agriculture and oil and gas sectors in Kansas account for less than 5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product (July 10 Now Consider This), that doesn’t represent the full economic impact of those sectors. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey noted that agriculture, food and food processing span 66 different sectors, including such industries as farm equipment manufacturing, agriculture real estate, landscape services, and dairy production and processing. “When combined with indirect and induced effects of these sectors,” McClaskey wrote, “the agriculture industry provides a total economic contribution of approximately $62.8 billion, or roughly 43 percent of the state’s economy.” – Phillip Brownlee